Mike O'Driscoll

About Mike O'Driscoll

Mike has over 30 years experience in the international mining and minerals industry, specialising in industrial minerals and markets, for which he is widely recognised as a leading expert. After serving 26 years at Industrial Minerals (IM) magazine – 17 years as Editor – Mike left IM in 2014 to pursue an independent career in the industrial minerals business, and launched IMFORMED in January 2015 with Ismene Clarke. Read more >

Minerals world faces challenging future; potential positive outcomes provide ray of light – UPDATED

Market Monitor: US “critical” industry list | SA mine shutdown | Refractories | Steel | Foundry | Cement | Glass | Oilfield

Right now it’s hard to find anything but gloom and uncertainty for the near and possibly medium future for the industrial minerals industry.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to affect […]

By |Monday, 30 March, 2020|Newsfile|9 Comments

Recycling Industrial Minerals: Challenges, Solutions & Opportunities

Review of Mineral Recycling Forum 2020, Aachen

Last week’s IMFORMED Mineral Recycling Forum 2020 in Aachen, Germany squeaked in under the wire before the EU lockdown response to the Covid-19 virus outbreak.

With sensible precautionary measures in place and a communal enthusiasm to look out for one another while actively participating in the conference, some 40 hardy […]

By |Friday, 20 March, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

China’s mineral supply to global markets: dominance, diversity & disruption

COVID-19 impact continues as mineral consumers ponder future supply mind set

It’s happened a few times before: during the SARS outbreak of 2003, the Beijing Olympics of 2008, and most recently the 2017-19 anti-pollution drive, but this time the impact is being felt deeper and wider, and crucially, perhaps longer term.

The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) […]

By |Thursday, 5 March, 2020|Newsfile|1 Comment

UPDATED Advisory: Covid-19 Virus & IMFORMED Forums 2020

Ensuring the health & safety of our attendees, exhibitors, partners, & staff is our top priority
IMFORMED is diligently monitoring the situation, assimilating advice from relevant authorities, and assessing contingencies regarding the […]

By |Thursday, 27 February, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

Magnesia supply sector consolidates further

Refra buys QMAG to boost captive magnesia supply & eyes non-refractory markets

The long awaited outcome of Sibelco’s sale of Queensland Magnesia Pty Ltd (QMAG) finally came to a conclusion last month with the 14 January announcement from major refractories group Refratechnik, Germany, that it had entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of […]

By |Wednesday, 12 February, 2020|Newsfile|2 Comments

Logistics key to industrial minerals market success – UPDATED

Port of Amsterdam is Lead Sponsor for IMFORMED Rendezvous 2021

IMFORMED is delighted to announce Port of Amsterdam as Lead Sponsor to our IMFORMED Rendezvous “Vision for Industrial Minerals”, Noordwijk-Amsterdam, 12-14 April 2021 – full details here (Note: this Forum was postponed from 6-8 April 2020).
One of the primary gateways to Europe’s markets, Amsterdam has a substantial industrial minerals network […]

By |Tuesday, 11 February, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

IMFORMED Rendezvous 2021 Programme – UPDATED

The Vision for Industrial Minerals

IMFORMED is delighted to announce its programme for the IMFORMED Rendezvous “The Vision for Industrial Minerals”, at Noordwijk (Amsterdam), 12-14 April 2021 (Full details here). 

Note: This Forum was postponed from 6-8 April 2020. We intend to retain as much as possible the original excellent programme of speakers for IMFORMED Rendezvous, 12-14 April 2021, […]

By |Wednesday, 5 February, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

Mineral Recycling: Today’s Waste, Tomorrow’s Resource

Latest confirmed speakers

The strive towards the Circular Economy has boosted the evolution of recycling industrial waste. In turn, this has increased the potential of recycling industrial minerals from certain waste streams as technical and economic challenges in their sourcing, processing, cost, and distribution are overcome.

In […]

By |Monday, 20 January, 2020|Newsfile|0 Comments

So, farewell then Industrial Minerals magazine…

…you served the industry well

The end of an era for those in the mineral media world. The October-November 2019 issue of Industrial Minerals magazine marked its final edition.

An announcement in late October 2019 stated: “the printed version of Industrial Minerals will be merged into Fastmarkets’ Metal Market Magazine”.

This brings to a close 52 years of […]

By |Friday, 13 December, 2019|Newsfile|2 Comments

2020 Vision for Industrial Minerals

Announcing IMFORMED 2020 Forums – Mark your Diaries
Mineral Recycling | Global Outlook | Magnesia | Oilfield | Fluorine | China Refractories
IMFORMED is delighted to announce an exciting portfolio of high profile conferences for 2020, providing the global industrial minerals business with topical and informative speaker presentations combined with invaluable networking opportunities to develop your business.


By |Thursday, 5 December, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments